Mother killed after argument involving 5-year-old

She had broken up dispute

3 others shot Wednesday

October 17, 2003|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

A 24-year-old mother of two young boys was stabbed to death in Northwest Baltimore and three others were killed in separate shootings Wednesday, city police said yesterday.

Police said Natalie Nicole Trent went outside her apartment in the 3000 block of Thorndale Ave. about 8 p.m. and broke up an argument between a group of people and her 5-year-old son, Dashawn Whitaker.

The group left and returned, and someone stabbed Trent during a heated verbal exchange, police said.

Trent, who is also the mother of a 9-year-old boy, Shawn, was rushed to Sinai Hospital, where she died, police said.

Police would not say how large the group was or whether they had any suspects.

Trent was a hard-working woman who dedicated her life to her sons, said her grandmother, Marion Odemena, 61.

Trent was about to start a new job Monday as a nurse's assistant at a retirement home in Pikesville.

"She was a happy-go-lucky kind of person," Odemena said. "She was responsible and everybody loved her. She spent a lot of time with her children. The kids were the center of her life."

About three hours before Trent was stabbed, police were dispatched to an unrelated shooting in the 2800 block of Edmondson Ave. in West Baltimore.

They found Tracy Austin, 41, suffering from several gunshot wounds and lying in front of a liquor store, police said. Austin, of the 4200 block of Dressage Court in Randallstown, died at the scene, police said.

About 12:15 p.m., Gary Rush, 22, was fatally shot in the 2200 block of Ramsey St., police said. Rush, of the 5100 block of Hamilton Ave., was walking toward a dark car that had stopped, police said. A passenger got out of the car and opened fire at Rush, police said.

Rush was hit in the lower body, ran but soon collapsed. He died about two hours later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The fourth killing occurred about 1 a.m. when Stewart Harold Payne, 27, of the 3100 block of Brendan Ave. was fatally shot in the 3000 block of Kenyon Ave. The killings pushed the city's homicide total to 208 for the year. Through the same period last year, the city had recorded 211 killings.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 410-396-2100.

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